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For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo 53315-316 Though many critics would argue that the woe is due only to the theme of fate but many other factors significantly contributed to this tragedy The theme of love does not exist only between the plays namesakes but it extends to the love that many other characters share for this couple Often personal flaws interfere with love and ultimately cause the downfall of another person Such is the case with Juliet Though they had good intentions the individual flaws of the Nurse and the Capulets lead to her downfall at the end of the play One of the most memorable characters in the play is the Nurse Most prominently noted for her humor the Nurse contributes a great deal to the play though she appears in only twelve scenes Once the climactic point of Mercutios death is reached the humorous qualities of the Nurse quickly diminish never to be seen in their entirety again At this point the Nurses main function as a messenger becomes apparent which gives proof of her love and loyalty to her Lady Her impact in the play is clear the Nurse is the messenger of all news good and bad to Juliet regarding Romeo until their tragic parting Though the Nurse has nothing but good intentions for Juliet her own personal flaws cause Juliet to lose full sight of situations The Nurse has a somewhat questionable philosophy towards Juliets situation with Romeo Her interests are immediate and material Her commitment is to eros and therefore toward the physical union of the lovers Stevens The Nurse feels that her loyalty for Juliet overrides her loyalty for Capulet and his wife and therefore believes she is justified in her interference with the marriage of Juliet and Paris and in her assistance in Juliets marriage to Romeo Though her loyalty to Juliet strongly exists in one of
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